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fertile

[fur-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl]
adjective
1.
bearing, producing, or capable of producing vegetation, crops, etc., abundantly; prolific: fertile soil.
2.
bearing or capable of bearing offspring.
3.
abundantly productive: a fertile imagination.
4.
producing an abundance (usually followed by of or in ): a land fertile of wheat.
5.
conducive to productiveness: fertile showers.
6.
Biology.
a.
fertilized, as an egg or ovum; fecundated.
b.
capable of growth or development, as seeds or eggs.
7.
Botany.
a.
capable of producing sexual reproductive structures.
b.
capable of causing fertilization, as an anther with fully developed pollen.
c.
having spore-bearing organs, as a frond.
8.
Physics. (of a nuclide) capable of being transmuted into a fissile nuclide by irradiation with neutrons: Uranium 238 and thorium 232 are fertile nuclides. Compare fissile ( def 2 ).
9.
produced in abundance.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin fertilis fruitful, akin to ferre to bear1; see -ile

fertilely, adverb
fertileness, noun
half-fertile, adjective
half-fertilely, adverb
half-fertileness, noun
nonfertile, adjective
overfertile, adjective
prefertile, adjective
unfertile, adjective


1–3. fecund, teeming. See productive.


1–3. sterile, barren.
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fertile (ˈfɜːtaɪl)
 
adj
1.  capable of producing offspring
2.  a.  (of land) having nutrients capable of sustaining an abundant growth of plants
 b.  (of farm animals) capable of breeding stock
3.  biology
 a.  capable of undergoing growth and development: fertile seeds; fertile eggs
 b.  (of plants) capable of producing gametes, spores, seeds, or fruits
4.  producing many offspring; prolific
5.  highly productive; rich; abundant: a fertile brain
6.  physics (of a substance) able to be transformed into fissile or fissionable material, esp in a nuclear reactor
7.  conducive to productiveness: fertile rain
 
[C15: from Latin fertilis, from ferre to bear]
 
'fertilely
 
adv
 
'fertileness
 
n

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fertile
mid-15c., from L. fertilis "bearing in abundance, fruitful, productive," from ferre "to bear" (see infer). Fertile Crescent (1914) was coined by U.S. archaeologist James H. Breasted (1865-1935).
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Medical Dictionary

fertile fer·tile (fûr'tl)
adj.

  1. Capable of conceiving and bearing young.

  2. Fertilized. Used of an ovum.

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Science Dictionary
fertile   (fûr'tl)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. Capable of producing offspring, seeds, or fruit.

  2. Capable of developing into a complete organism; fertilized.

  3. Capable of supporting plant life; favorable to the growth of crops and plants.


fertility noun
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